SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Behavioral Sciences


Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin
Professor of Criminal Justice
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue,
Gott Educational Center, 203
Bolivar, MO 65613
Work (417) 328-1990 |
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Education and professional background: Martin has a B.A. in education and history from Drury College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He began teaching at SBU in 2000 and teaches the criminal justics courses. Prior to coming to SBU, Martin served as adjunct faculty at several other institutions, an instructor for the Springfield Police Academy, an instructor/trial school critiquer for the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, an assistanct city prosecutor in Columbia, Mo., assistant prosecuting attorney in Jasper and Greene Counties, and established a solo law practice.

Family: He has been married since 1966 to his wife, Janice, who works in Bolivar for DCBC, LLC. They have two daughters, Christy and Kimberlea, and four grandchildren.

Community involvement: As a prosecutor, Martin has made numerous presentations at town meetings, churches, schools, and at the Federal Medical Center (prison) on behalf of the prosecutor's office. He is also an ordained deacon, has taught Sunday school classes, sung in the church choir, and drove the church bus picking up elderly members. He has attended Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., for 30 years. Additionally, Martin has served on the Board of Directors on the Community Alternative Sentencing Program, Ozark Safety Council, and the Marine Corps Leauge (veterans organization).

Why did you choose to teach at SBU? "I love teaching. I was already teaching part-time in secular universities. I felt the Lord was leading me to full-time service in a Christian university. When SBU created a criminal justice program, I applied."

What sets SBU apart from other universities? "The student/instructor ratio and the fact that staff/instructors can share the Lord freely with others, including students."

What advice do you have for prospective students? "Find out what your passion is. Get involved. Learn good study habits. Work hard at being the best you can be. Seek the Lord in all you do."

What is your favorite thing to do in Bolivar/Southwest Missouri? "I love to go camping with my wife in our RV and go riding in our boat. I love watching my grandkids have fun."